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Queen Elizabeth

The stunning Cunard Queen Elizabeth began her illustrious sailing career in October 2010 and continues the long-standing tradition of providing the highest in service and luxury for its discerning travellers.

Queen Elizabeth offers the very best of Cunard's values and traditions, blended with every conceivable modern luxury that you could imagine. With her opulent public rooms and impeccable service, this ship reflects the grandeur which has been associated with Cunard ships since the introduction of the Mauretania in 1907. From the outside, her black hull, gleaming white superstructure and distinctive red funnel echoes the classic characteristics of the company's distinctive liner heritage. Queen Elizabeth will fly the Red Ensign wherever she sails with her homeport Southampton, as is the case with the other ships in the Cunard fleet.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 12/10/2010
Tonnage 90900
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 8
Number Of Decks 12
Number Of Elevators 24
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 6
Formal Nights Yes
Maximum Capacity 2547
Crew 1005
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities

When it comes to meal times onboard Queen Elizabeth, there’s no chance of guests going hungry. With classic dishes and fare from around the globe, each and every guest will find something to delight their taste buds. In addition, with a range of both included eateries and speciality restaurants, there’s somewhere to eat for every occasion.

  • Britannia Restaurant: this grand main restaurant spans two decks and offers exemplary dining as standard. There is also the Britannia Club Restaurant which offers guests staying in AA Club Balconies a luxurious and elegant single-seating restaurant.
  • Queens Grill and Princess Grill: exclusive suites with marble bathrooms, personalised stationery and butler service in the highest categories. Exceptional menus and sweeping sea views grace the intimate Grill restaurants, regally located on Deck 11, where sophisticated creams and browns glitter with splashes of gold and crystal. Doors open out onto The Courtyard from where steps lead you to The Grills Upper Terrace. The adjacent Grills lounge and Grills Terrace provide even more exclusivity. The lower terrace is available for the enjoyment of all guests.
  • Lido Buffet: enjoy casual dining all day in this buffet-style restaurant. With stations ranging from fresh salads and pasta to pizza and desserts, you’ll be going back for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).
  • Golden Lion Pub: if you’re missing home, then come for a slap-up pub meal that will make you feel like you’re right back in your local.
  • The Verandah: open every evening and lunchtime during sea days, guests can enjoy succulent steakhouse classics for an additional price.

After a busy day of shore excursions or enjoying your downtime on the ship, what better way to relax than making the most of the onboard entertainment? Whether you’d like to enjoy a show, listen to live music or simply sit back and sip your drink in good company, Queen Elizabeth has the perfect spot just for you.

  • Midships Bar: Situated on Deck 3, it’s named after the bar on the original Queen Elizabeth and pays tribute to the ship with 1930's artwork and a piano for Ivor Novello evenings.
  • Queens Room: The Queens Room covers two decks with a 1,000-square-foot dance floor. This elegant room displays pictures and murals of royal palaces and naming ceremonies. A real highlight is the Royal Standard presented to the original Cunard Queen Elizabeth by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, when she named the ship in 1938.
  • Royal Court Theatre: The theatre is art deco in style and features private boxes with a capacity of 800 for the spectacular shows on offer.
  • Garden Lounge: In this lounge and conservatory, inspired by the UK's Kew Gardens, Cunard host their ""Supper Club"" with dancing, music and taster menus.

Cunard offer a children's programme for younger guests aged 2-17 years, making this a fantastic family holiday. Clubs include The Play Zone (2-7 years), The Kid Zone (8-12 years) and the Teen Zone (13-17 years) which each host facilities, group games and heaps of fun under the supervision of Queen Elizabeth's experienced Youth Team. Queen Elizabeth also runs a complimentary Night Nursery if you are looking for an evening off to head out on that well-deserved date night. This is for children aged 12 months to 23 months, but has a limited number of spaces, so book your space quickly to avoid disappointment!


If you’d like to use your free time onboard to relax, there are plenty of spaces on the ship perfect for just this. The two pools, surrounded by sun loungers, are ideal for cooling off in the water and soaking up the sun. For an escape from the outside, head indoors and seek out the tranquil library, challenge other guests to a game in the card room or browse the shops and pick up a tax-free holiday treat.

Those guests wanting to up the pace slightly can enjoy the games deck. This concept dates back to the original Queen Elizabeth and features games inspired by those from the 30's, including bowls, croquet and paddle tennis.

Spa and Fitness

Guests may want to stay in shape during their time onboard Queen Elizabeth and one way to do so is through one of the sociable group classes on offer. Make the most of Pilates, yoga and t’ai chi to work on your core strength and posture, or for something faster paced, take part in aerobics, spinning or boot camp classes. If you’d rather have a more tailor-made experience, there’s also the option to book a session with an onboard personal trainer.

Dress Code

In keeping with Cunard's elegant 5-star standards, the dress code onboard the Queen Elizabeth is formal in the main dining rooms and restaurants. Should you wish to dine in a more casual environment, the buffet restaurant is available. From smart attire to black tie, the dress code adds to the ambience and glamour of evenings onboard this stunning ship.

Customer reviews for Queen Elizabeth

  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Cunard
  • 11 Nov 2019

We recently went on a 12 night cruise to The Canaries. This is the first time we have travelled on the Elizabeth and I must say that we were not disappointed. The staff were excellent in every area, always polite and extremely helpful. The ship was beautiful and in great condition. The food as always was plentiful and excellent, some people comment that the meal portions in the Britannia restaurant are small, but to be fair by the time you’ve had all the breakfast you can eat, lunch, afternoon tea, and any in between snacks you fancy, the well done to you if you can eat a late meal of gargantuan proportions. My waistline hasn’t forgiven me yet. So my advice is, if you want to experience cruising with complete elegance then book with confidence, and don’t worry if you think it will be too fussy, the staff are so wonderful and efficient they put you completely at ease.

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  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Cunard
  • 08 Nov 2019

went on a 2 night mini cruise to Bruges via Zeebrugge as a single passenger. check in was quick and smooth my cabin was on deck 2 one of the very few single cabins they have onboard. I was very impressed with the cabin, enough space, the bed was a good size more like a small double instead of a single. A nice welcoming bottle of sparkling wine, large TV and excellent toiletries in the bathroom. Good entertainment on board. Live music, games the library, had a great day in Bruges the next day by taking the excursion coach from Zeebrugge to Bruges and back all for just 20 Euros. The Captain was excellent, Only negative was being a single passenger having to eat in the Britannia Restaurant with 2 couples and was totally left out and feeling isolated on the first night and uncomfortable So the second night ate in the Lido Buffet. good short cruise but the company should seat single passengers with other single passengers not with couples.

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  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Cunard
  • 05 Nov 2019

First went on this ship in 2016 and was amazed by everything however we did a return trip on the 2 night mini cruise to Zeebrugge. Ship looking worn despite the refit, (see attached photo from Britannia restaurant - the design amuses me!) the buffet restaurant now has an awful layout with very poor food and poor choice. The food in the Britannia restaurant has also gone downhill. The worst part was breakfast on the last day as the buffet was so crammed there were queues so by the time we got to the food there was genuinely only scraps left. Being a mini cruise we weren’t expecting miracles however much worse than expected as the ship was crammed with rowdy people who would have been more suited to a boozy break in Magaluf. It honestly reminded me of a cruise I took on P&O Britannia to Spain. Dress code not enforced in Britannia restaurant as it had been on a recent trip on Queen Mary. Saw a group that I can only assume must have been on a joint stag/hen as all in same fluorescent clothing. All in all this was not a great cruise even the staff not as good as they once were. I was disappointed that Cunard were taking this ship out of the UK for the foreseeable but now I couldn’t care less. Would not go back in a hurry.

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